What is tartar build-up and why is it a problem?
Tartar or calculus forms when plaque—a sticky film that forms over teeth mere hours after your pet eats—combines with the salts found in your dog’s or cat’s saliva. Over time, it builds up and hardens, eventually turning into tartar.
The bacteria in tartar can lead to dental problems such as gingivitis, periodontal disease, and even the loss of teeth. Besides causing bad breath and brown-stained teeth, the accumulation of tartar along the gum line pushes the gums away from the teeth, exposing the roots, and leaving your furkid’s teeth vulnerable to sensitivity, pain, and discomfort.
Yorkshire Terriers, Pomeranians, Toy Poodles and other small or toy breeds are more prone to bacteria build-up as plaque and tartar tend to spread quicker in smaller mouths.
What should I do about it?
Prevention is better than cure, so the best way to prevent any gum problems from starting is to brush your furkid’s pearly whites daily. You should also bring your pet to the vet for regular check-ups to assess whether a cleaning and scaling is required.
However, not many dogs (or cats) are willing to put up with having a toothbrush shoved in their mouths. So a great alternative is to give him dental toys and treats to chew on. He’ll not only enjoy the process, but he’ll also have cleaner teeth and fresher breath to show for it.
Greenies Dental Chews have been given the stamp of approval from The Veterinary Oral Health Council in the U.S. for plaque and tartar control. Offering a complete oral health solution, one Greenies dental chew a day is all that’s needed to help clean your dog’s teeth. You’ll have no problem getting Fido to start chewing as Greenies is highly palatable. Plus, the chews break down quickly, making them easy on your pooch’s digestive system.
To cater to hounds of all sizes with varying bite-force capabilities, Greenies Dental Chews come in five sizes to offer the most suitable texture and hardness for your furkid. The brand has even developed several varieties of dental treats for those with cats. As your furkid’s natural chewing action wipes away plaque and tartar build-up from the surface of teeth, you can look forward to fresher breath and health teeth and gums in Fido and Puss!